College of Health

PRT Scholarships

For Grad Students

Dr. Anthony and Myrtle Simone Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Anthony and Myrtle Simone Endowed Scholarship Fund is given to a graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation, with a preference for students pursuing a doctoral degree. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and must have had experience in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure through full time work, seasonal or part time work, fieldwork or internships, or volunteer work. The awardee should possess the characteristics of warmth, kindness and effective interpersonal skills so exemplified by Dr. and Mrs. Simone.

About the Award

The scholarship was established in 1993 by Dr. Anthony Simone and Myrtle Simone. Anthony’s many years as a valued member of the faculty in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation gave him first-hand knowledge of the needs of university students.

Dr. Gary D. Ellis Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Gary D. Ellis Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. The scholarship is intended to help defray the costs involved in collecting data for thesis or dissertation research. Applicants should be planning their thesis or dissertation for the next academic year. The application should include a one-page abstract of proposed research with line item budget of data collection expenses.

About the Award

The scholarship was established in 1994 by Dr. Gary D. Ellis, Professor Emeritus and previous Chair of Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation from 1996 to 2005, in support of graduate students working to complete their thesis or dissertation. As a teacher, educator and mentor, Gary influenced for good the lives of many.

Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Award

The Outstanding Doctoral Candidate Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation to a PhD candidate. The recipient will demonstrate exceptional contributions in the areas of scholarship (evidence of ongoing scholarship of discovery, integration, or application as demonstrated through published papers, quality contributions to research projects within the department, presentations at professional conferences and meetings); teaching (accepts and performs teaching duties and receives good teaching evaluations from students and peers); service (active leadership in departmental, college, university, and professional); and departmental engagement and collegiality (when called upon, the student assumes a leadership role; student is recognized for being collegial and a team player). Nominations are accepted through faculty nominations.

About the Award

This award is given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

Outstanding Master’s Student Award

The Outstanding Master’s Student Award is the highest recognition given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation to a master’s student. The award recognizes a master’s student who demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with outstanding merit in thesis or project and/or excellence in field work or practicum placement; demonstrates a contribution to Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation through involvement in Student Advisory Council (SAC), Recreation and Parks Society (RAPS) leadership and or Department special projects; demonstrates contribution to the larger university community through leadership in committees or activities of the College of Health or sponsored by the University; and demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the department, university and larger community. Applicants must be fully matriculated, and should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 20 credit hours in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. Nominations are accepted through faculty nominations.

About the Award

This award is given by Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation.

Rebecca E. Barry Endowed Scholarship

The Rebecca E. Barry Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a deserving PhD student in Parks, Recreation and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation. The recipient will have a record of academic performance and service, have the respect of his or her professors, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has a strong aptitude for and interest in environmental interpretation. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

About the Award

Dr. Rebecca E. Barry earned her doctorate from the University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in 2000. Dr. Barry is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She teaches the history of wilderness, environmental interpretation, history and philosophy of leisure, and research and evaluation. Her research has focused on outdoor recreation visitor management: specifically, getting people to clean up after their dogs. She speaks Russian and French.